Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles (43) runs the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency rumors: Darren Sproles roster spot with New Orleans Saints believed to be safe


The New Orleans Saints have some decisions to make this offseason when it comes to who they want to keep and who they want to let go and save money one. The franchise tag they’re expected to slap on Jimmy Graham will cost them a lot of money and that has many believing that some Saints staples could be on their way out as salary cap casualties.

One of the names being discussed as a potential cap casualty is running back Darren Sproles, who is the most expensive of the Saints running backs on roster. Mike Triplett from ESPN.com figures that Sproles’ production and his track record with being a dynamic target may end up saving him.

Nobody in this group is making outrageous money, so there are no obvious salary-cap casualties. Sproles is the most expensive, and he had a relatively-quiet year with 824 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. But I think he’s safe because he causes such unique matchup problems as a receiver out of the backfield.

This likely means that one of the three other running backs may be gone, as while the Saints may not pay them much, the team may not end up being able to continue affording all four backs on roster.

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  • Wallace Ordoyne

    One thing they don’t need Sproles for is kick-off and punt returns. He was among the worst at returns. This is something the Saints need to address and the sooner the better. As far as running back, Sproles was adequate but didn’t impress at all. It’s either going to be Sproles or Thomas. I can’t see them getting rid of Robinson and Ingram caught fire at the end of the season. The big problem with Ingram is he can’t catch the ball out of the backfield………………